The Church & the Mithraeum
In 1934, excavation work beneath the church of Santa Prisca led to the discovery of a third century mithraeum – a place of worship dedicated to the god Mithras – and a first century Roman house, thought to be that of Aquila and Priscilla, where St Paul stayed as a guest.
The mithraeum, which measures 11 m by 4.5 m, is situated on the east side of the crypt, beyond the foundations of the apse. Of all the known mithraea, this is the most complete.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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